Somewhere at the back of my mind there was a quote bothering me. So I popped into Google to find a lead or two. I came to the realisation that our language and literature, even be it a simple quote, may well be in a state of transition. For the most part I found quotes from Steve Jobs of Apple computer fame, and other computer geeks who have transported us into another realm of language. Words don’t mean what they use to mean. And stories are in danger of becoming the fake news of the day. My, how the world has changed. We have evolved into another era.
The closest I came to finding the right words for the quote was by Robert Schuller:
Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God knows how many apples there are in a seed.
I remembered, the quote I couldn’t find, went a little further and spoke of apple trees and apple orchards.
This analogy of the apple tree speaks to me of exponential potential growth, and it was something I wanted to share with my children. Not that I have experienced it, only heard of it, but do know that generosity is a key to unlocking prosperity, and freedom from ‘the clutter of life’
Generosity as a principle of life, can unlock doors of wealth, and more so, a generous spirit.
I had recently listened to a debate on TV by a group of young Black people, who having endured the hardship of poverty, were now either educated or had well paid employment, asked the question “should they have to pay Black Tax’ – as they called it. Black Tax is when children give back to their struggling families, help to ease the poverty and also help the remaining siblings at home. Some were unreservedly for it, some a little reluctant, and some refused to pay back. The culture of giving creeps into the African-centric adverts on TV too, when you see a son buying his elderly Black mom a stove or a fridge. And often you hear how the well- to-do grown up children take pride in buying a house for their family.
Of course it depends on the individual, there is no legal law that says it must happen – except the law of the heart.
And when appreciation has been nurtured, and generosity has been learnt, giving happens more easily.
I grew up in a time when saving was the smart thing to do. There is nothing like having a little something in reserve for a rainy day. At that time, it was just plain common sense, because eventually your money works for you – and not you for your money !!
When we went through our ‘ financial struggle years’ I resolved to start a small savings account, and made minuscule deposits.
I called it my Apple Tree account. And for a long time it was partly dormant, and then very slowly began to grow tiny roots. Whenever I could I would ‘water’ my Apple Tree with a small deposit. It began to grow and now even has some apples on it – which I pick and enjoy from time to time.
My children, bless their hearts, have out of love, been watering my Apple Tree too, with generous deposits, that have caused my tree to flourish. I am grateful for the apples that I can pick from its growth, but more, much more, I am delighted with their acts of generosity, that I know will stand them in good stead in their years to come.
May they too plant their own Apple Trees, and continue to cultivate the fruit of generosity, and see the benefits of it, for it says in Luke 36:8
Give, and it will be given to you,
good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over
will be put into your bosom.
For with the same measure that you use,
it will be measured back to you.